Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Does the code of silence relate to whether federal employees file whistleblower grievances?
by Scowcroft, Kristen, D.M., University of Phoenix, 2014, 127; 3648823
Abstract (Summary)

This research study used a quantitative correlational study to determine the relationship between the code of silence and the filing of whistleblower grievances at federal law enforcement organizations in the United States. The purpose of this study was to examine whether there is a relationship between the code of silence and the filing of whistleblower grievances in federal law enforcement organizations in the United States. A quantitative, nonexperimental, correlational research design was used to test the five hypotheses and answer the five research questions. The study’s findings regard the relationships between the four constructs – the code of silence, the type of organizational member, the gender, and the years of experience – and the likelihood of filing whistleblower grievances in federal law enforcement organizations. The results of the research study show there is a significant positive relationship between the decision to break the code of silence and the likelihood of filing whistleblower grievances in federal law enforcement organizations. No relationship was found between the other three independent variables and the dependent variable. Recommendations and implications for leadership in federal law enforcement are provided and are based on the results of the study.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kotz, Paul E.
Commitee:
School: University of Phoenix
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: DAI-A 76/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: Management, Criminology, Organizational behavior
Keywords: Code of silence, Ethics, Grievances, Law enforcement, Organizational culture, Whistleblower
Publication Number: 3648823
ISBN: 9781321525601
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